river arts news, classes and events

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In the galleries


“Small Works” Exhibition


November 4 – December 2

Opening Reception – November 4    507


Youth Concert Series begins

on Saturday, October 29!

Dino Liva, of the DaPonte String Quartet and a board member of River Arts, is coordinating a monthly concert series for River Arts featuring local music students.

The public is invited to our first evening concert

Saturday, Oct 29, 7- 8 pm.

River Arts is pleased to announce the first youth concert in an exciting, year-long series, coordinated by Dino Liva, of the DaPonte String Quartet – Saturday, October 29, at 7 pm at River Arts, 170 Main Street, Damariscotta.

Carol Preston, violin teacher and concertmaster of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra in Brunswick, will present seven students from her class with pianist, Jennifer McIvor. Carol Preston teaches violin using the Suzuki Method of instruction, having maintained private Suzuki studios for 28 years in the Washington, DC, area and now in Damariscotta. Ms. Preston holds a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and a Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Iowa. In the Washington area, she was concert master of the McLean Symphony Orchestra, played in the MacBeth String Quartet, and was a regular orchestra member of the Washington Savoyards. She is a member of the Maine Pro Musica orchestra and teaches music at Nobleboro Central School.   Carol is certified as a Suzuki teacher by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

The Suzuki method focuses on starting lessons at an early age (3 or 4) and learning music in the same way children learn to speak their native language: by listening to the music they will play; imitating and repeating it by rote; and, eventually, reading music.

The forty minute performance will include 7 young violist playing 10 pieces: J.S. Bach’s Bourree  performed by Sara Peavey

R. Schumann’s Happy Farmer   performed  by Sage Kosky

J.S. Bachs Musette  and N. Paganini’s Witches’ Dance  performed by Aidan Carlson

F. Seitz ‘s Concerto No. 5, 3rd Movement performed by Helen Newell

G.F. Handel’s Sonata No. 1 in A Major  Andante, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro performed by Carolyn MacDonald

S. Suzuki’s Etude performed by Sage Kosky and  Sara Peavey

P. Martini’s Gavotte performed by Meg Puckett and  Kaity Newell

J.S. Bach’s Minuet 1 and performed by Sage Kosky, Aidan Carlson, Meg Puckett

F.G. Gossec’s Gavotte and L.Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will be performed by the group.

The performance is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and donations are welcome.  Future youth concert series dates:  Dec 17, Feb 18, March 31, April 28, June 2


Artists’ Potluck Dinner

with your art!

Fun and Friendship Prevailing


Join us for our potluck served with wine, and an after dinner discussion of your work of art.


Friday, November 11, 2011

5:30 pm

River Arts

170 Main Street

Damariscotta, ME 04543


To RSVP, or for more information, contact:

Franciska Needham, (207) 563-1227  or

River Arts (207) 563-1507

email: info@riverartsme.org





New Fall/Winter Ceramic Classes


with instructors

Alexsondra Tomasulo & Liz Proffetty

Classes held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Morning and Evening Classes available

Rt. 1 North Damariscotta, ME (next to NC Hunt Building)

4 week – 2 hour classes are: Members- $120   non-members – $145

4 week – 3 hour classes are: Members- $180  non-members – $200


Schedule of Classes

  October Altered and Added Pots Oct 24-Nov 14   Mondays 9-12 and 6-8   Have you learned the basics of wheel-throwing?  Are you ready to make something different?  This class is for those who are ready to move beyond just round pots.  Using the wheel as starting point, students will then learn to make oval forms, cut and dart to create new shapes, attached handles, and form various types of lids.  Some wheel throwing experience preferred.  Instructor-Proffetty     Finding One’s Way With Clay Oct 26 – Nov 16  Wednesday Evenings 6-9 If you enjoy process work, while learning a new medium, this is just right for you. I will take you through the various hand building techniques as well as wheel throwing procedures. You are free to choose the method that most speaks to you. If you like letting an experience unfold and allowing it to take you on its own journey, then sign up for an introductory class. One time only intro class: $25. Instructor –  Tomasulo Christmas Gifts and Ornaments Thursday mornings 10:00-12:00       Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00 Price includes 25 lbs. clay Why not give a keepsake in clay? Whether to be hung on the tree, or placed on the mantle, it will certainly be treasured in someone’s heart. From ornaments to figurines, from Santa’s to nativities-This hand building class is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced. Instructor – Tomasulo   November Alternative Clay Surfaces and Firings   Mondays 9-12 and 6-8        Nov 21-Dec-12 This class will use both hand-building and wheel throwing to form pots and then explore various clay surface treatments to decorate and finish pots, through stamping, burning and the use of terra sigalata.  The last class of the four week session will include an outdoor firing in a barrel to add a smoked surface to the pottery.  No experience necessary.  Instructor-Proffetty      

Volunteers needed

for  gallery sitting

please email info@riverartsme.org or call 563-1507

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